Delta will make its return to South Africa with nonstop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg beginning Aug. 1.
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  • Nonstop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg resumes Aug. 1
  • South Africa resumption restores Delta flights to all pre-COVID Africa markets, including Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria
  • Delta to introduce A350-900 between U.S. and South Africa

Delta will make its return to South Africa with nonstop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg beginning Aug. 1, more than a year after pausing flights due to COVID-19. The return of the airline’s longest nonstop flight marks the milestone of Delta restoring service to all its pre-COVID markets in Africa, which include Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria.

“Delta has proudly served South Africa for more than 15 years, and we’re thrilled to return to a market so highly sought after by tourists,” said Joe Esposito, S.V.P. – Network Planning. “Two-thirds of Americans report making summer travel plans, and with demand growing rapidly alongside U.S. vaccination rates, we’re bringing back more flights and destinations to deliver on their anticipation to get back out in the world and reclaim the joy of travel.”

Whether customers are looking to explore historical sites, travel along the country’s stunning coastline or go on safari, Delta’s local interline partners also provide convenient connections to Cape Town. Delta’s flights to Johannesburg are operated in partnership with Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic. Customers can also reach South Africa via Delta’s European hubs in Paris and Amsterdam.

Introducing the Airbus A350-900

Johannesburg flights will operate using the Airbus A350-900, marking the debut of one of Delta’s newest aircraft in its fleet between the U.S. and South Africa. The aircraft features the award-winning Delta One Suites and Delta Premium Select cabins, large seat-back entertainment screens and high-capacity overhead bins, among other enhancements.

Customers flying to South Africa will also enjoy a breadth of new onboard content this summer, including 21 new feature films like the critically-acclaimed “Nomadland,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “The Father.”

For meal service, Delta offers uniquely crafted menu items that reflect regional flavors. All customers will receive a choice of entrée alongside an appetizer and dessert in addition to a full bar selection or soft drink. Customers seated in the Main Cabin can enjoy dishes like beef stew with jollof rice, fried plantains and sautéed spinach, or Malay chicken curry with coconut rice and ginger-infused French green beans. Those traveling in Delta One can pre-order their meal choice on flights between the U.S. and South Africa and can look forward to favorites such as Peri Peri chicken or grilled prawns with jasmine rice.

Connections across Africa

Delta is currently operating nearly 20 weekly flights to its African markets, including daily service between Atlanta and Lagos as well as between New York-JFK and Accra, and five-times-a-week service between JFK and Dakar. On July 8, Delta will resume four-times-weekly service to Lagos from JFK as well.

With Delta’s partners operating across the continent, customers can make one-stop connections to 42 additional markets in 32 countries.

Customers are encouraged to review entry requirements for their destination, including whether a vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test is required. Find details on the Delta Discover Map on or check the official government website of the destination country.

For a list of other trans-Atlantic destinations open to visitors, see here.

Delta’s service between Atlanta and Johannesburg will operate as follows:

Flight Departs Arrives Operating Days
DL 200 ATL at 7:00 PM JNB at 4:30 PM (next day) Wed/Fri/Sun
DL 201 JNB at 10:55 PM ATL at 9:15 AM (next day) Mon/Thurs/Sat
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